With skillful characterizations and well-paced action, Trollope deftly crafts an engrossing family drama. Reading this novel is like sitting down for a long chat with a dear friend.
Rachel has always played a central role in her sons’ lives, much to the chagrin of her daughters-in-law. When the family rallies around troubled middle son Ralph during a crisis, relationships are strained to the breaking point. To save his marriage, Ralph finally learns to stand up for himself. During all of the turbulence, Rachel’s sons turn to each other and their own families, rather than relying on their parents. It’s a huge shift in the family’s dynamic and one that will change all of them forever. (TOUCHSTONE, Apr., 288 pp., $14.99)